Accounting And Finance with A Foundation Year BSc Hons

Accounting And Finance with A Foundation Year BSc Hons

The BSc (Honours) Accounting and Finance with Foundation year degree at Birmingham City Business School provides a valuable introduction to the worlds of accountancy practice, commerce, industry and finance. We create graduates who possess a global outlook, with the conceptual and applied knowledge in the fields of accounting and finance that will enable them to make a positive impact on society.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your academic and interpersonal skills whilst developing your business skills further to support you to success on your academic path.

This course has been designed to be accredited by the major professional accounting bodies, including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), offering significant exemptions from their professional qualifications.

This course offers an accounting and finance curriculum that is up to date, vocationally relevant, challenging and reflects the complex and challenging nature of the accounting and business environment.You will gain expertise in areas including financial and management accounting, corporate finance, international accounting and finance issues, data analysis and business technology. You will have the opportunity to use software relevant to the modern business environment, equipping you with the skills and experience sought by employers. You will develop scholarly attributes, becoming an independent learner with the ability to critically evaluate data and evidence, draw reasoned conclusions and communicate effectively in a professional manner.

Delivery of the course is flexible and includes a blend of lectures, workshops, field trips and online learning. The modules, which feed into the course, are broad, covers key current topics such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help you to appreciate accounting and finance from a range of perspectives. Ultimately, decision making in this field, calls for one to exercise judgement and intuition and this course helps you to strengthen that judgement.

With our practice-based approach to teaching, you will learn from professionally qualified academics with a wealth of industry experience, and research active academics whose research underpins and informs our approach to teaching.

You will be actively supported and encouraged to undertake an additional professional placement year, providing the opportunity to improve your employability skills. Our students have worked for industry leading accountancy practices including PwC and EY, as well as for organisations such as the NHS, IBM and Vodafone.

The international focus of the course is derived through a variety of means including the study of international accounting standards, student body, the teaching team and the use of international teaching materials. Moreover, students can choose to spend a full semester studying their modules overseas at a partner institution.

The course also offers the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner institutions.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above
  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

  • IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

Career Prospects

Your course will prepare and equip you for a career in accountancy, finance, management or business, by relating your studies to the latest practice-based business developments.

Throughout the course, we have regular visits from professional bodies such as the ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA. These visits help ensure that you are learning the exact skills organisations and regulator bodies are looking for. You will also have the opportunity to attain the Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel qualification, enhancing your employability prospects.

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Course Details

You have the flexibility to transfer to any standard undergraduate course offered within Birmingham City Business School after successful completion of your foundation year.     

Some of the Accounting and Finance related course you could go on to are:

BSc (Hons) Accountancy is designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills as well as a range of employability skills, attributes and attitudes. The course will encourage your intellectual and ethical development and your personal commitment to the social purpose of becoming a business professional. As you progress you will become more effective and creative as a problem solver and be able to critically advise individuals and companies in the UK and internationally on a range of business related matters.

BSc (Hons) Business Accounting will help you develop the professional accounting skills required of any senior manager, and you'll have the flexibility to customise your own course during the second and final years to become a specialist in economics, taxation, project management or international business.. 

BSc (Hons) Business Finance is designed to equip you with the expert knowledge and technical skills required by the Association of Corporate Treasurers qualification and the wider industry, this flexible course will encourage your development towards becoming a successful business finance professional.

BSc (Hons) Finance and Investment is focused on a practical application of financial skills in the investing world, qualities that are in high demand in modern business. Designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills, the course will encourage your development and commitment in becoming an investment professional.

Year 1

Developing Business and Academic Skills for Success
Developing Interpersonal and Marketing Skills for Success
Business In Context
Foundation Practice Project
An Introduction to Management and Leadership
Accounting and Personal Finance

Year 2

Governance, Ethics and Law20 credits
Professional Development in Accounting20 credits
Introduction to Economics and Finance20 credits
Introduction to Financial Accounting20 credits
Introduction to Management Accounting20 credits
Data Intelligence

Year 3

Financial Reporting20 credits
Management Accounting20 credits
Corporate Finance20 credits
International Accounting and Finance Issues20 credits
Optional modules.
Principles of Taxation20 credits
Business Technology and the Finance Function20 credits
Business Operations20 credits
Personal Wealth Planning and Management20 credits

Final Year

Advanced Financial Reporting20 credits
Strategic Management Accounting20 credits
Corporate Financial Strategy20 credits
Optional modules.
Tax Planning20 credits
Banking, Financial Markets and Institutions20 credits
Accounting for the Planet20 credits
Principles of Not-For-Profit Accounting and Governance20 credits
Empowering Future Leaders20 credits
Business Research Project (Major)40 credits
Business Research Methodology and Practice + Business Start-Up Project40 credits
Business Research Methodology and Practice + Community Advice Project40 credits

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